Georgia Tech Football: Jackets injury report heading into Saturday

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback TaQuon Marshall
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback TaQuon Marshall /

Georgia Tech is set to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on Saturday and enter the weekend by gaining back an important piece of the offensive line but also saw a star offensive player get added to the injury report.

Georgia Tech enters the weekend with three players who are out this weekend against the Pittsburgh Panthers including star b-back KirVonte Benson.

Georgia Tech Injury Report:

  • BB KirVonte Benson – OUT (Knee):

Everyone most likely knows about Benson’s injury at this point this week as the star b-back will be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Benson’s knee injury is a big blow to the Jackets offense and will be hard to replace but they’ll give Jordan Mason and Jerry Howard all the chances they can get.

  • QB Lucas Johnson – OUT (Leg):

Lucas Johnson was set to be the backup quarterback this season but suffered a leg injury in camp that will keep him out for the season.

  • WR Adonicas Sanders – OUT (Collarbone):

Sanders injured his collarbone in camp this fall and is going to be out till further notice.

Cooper set to return:

Offensive lineman and starting center Kenny Cooper is set to return this week which could play huge dividends down the road for the Yellow Jackets. Tech head coach Paul Johnson announced Cooper’s availability on Saturday following Wednesday’s practice. Cooper’s return has been weeks in the making as he started practicing prior to the Jackets season opener against Alcorn State. He just missed being able to play last week against USF and now it appears is ready to go.

Cooper last year started all 11 of the Yellow Jackets games last season and was a consistent cog in the Yellow Jackets offensive line last year, playing well throughout the season. Jahaziel Lee has been starting at center in Cooper’s place and will on Saturday but if Cooper plays well in his time against the Panthers, he could potentially rotate back into his starting spot for next week’s game against Clemson.

The AJC’s Ken Sugiura has more on Cooper’s return here.

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Pittsburgh Injury Report:

The Panthers are entering the matchup on Saturday rather healthy across the board with the only player injured being their backup kicker and field goal holder. Punter Kirk Christodoulou was the holder for Pitt last week against Penn State and struggled in doing so which will be worth watching on Saturday.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 12:30 pm and will air on Fox Sports South for all Atlanta and Georgia residents. You can get the full rundown on how to watch and listen to this weekend’s game here.